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Start/Bench List - Week 17
Whitney Walters
December 27, 2007
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Start/Bench Codes (SBC)
S1: Start 'em Tier One (Stud / Great matchup) U: Upside player (Possible sleeper)
S2: Start 'em Tier Two (Solid matchup) X: Unclear situation / Could go either way
S3: Start 'em Tier Three (Borderline / Barely) B: Bench 'em (Bad Matchup / Too much risk)
 
Cincinnati (6-9) at Miami (1-14) Back to top
For several weeks the Bengals have had little to play for, but they have yet to mail a game in and they won't want to end the season with a loss to the 1-14 Dolphins. played fairly well last week and with Rudi Johnson out, Watson ran all over the Browns. Johnson isn't likely to return, so Watson is in for another full day of work in this favorable matchup. Palmer and the usual suspects in the air attack should play until the end. So if you normally start them, continue to do so. The Dolphins haven't provided much fantasy value this season and even against the suspect Bengals defense, I wouldn't want to rely on them in this season finale. As some like to day, there will be plenty of u-hauls in the parking lot at Dolphins Stadium.
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC
QB Carson Palmer S2
RB Rudi Johnson B
RB Kenny Watson S2
WR Chad Johnson S2
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh S2
WR Chris Henry B
Miami
Pos Player SBC
QB Cleo Lemon B
RB

Jesse Chatman
Lorenzo Booker

B
WR Marty Booker
Derek Hagan
Ted Ginn Jr.
Greg Camarillo
B
TE David Martin
Justin Peelle
B
Asterisk (*) in SBC rating indicates player is at risk of sitting or seeing limited action.
 
San Diego (10-5) at Oakland (4-11) Back to top
San Diego can lock down the AFC's 3rd seed on Sunday and gets an "off" week in Oakland to end the season. The Raiders defense has been terrible of late and the key Chargers should get you some production before they take a seat on the bench. They will be very cautions with Tomlinson, how has had minor hamstring issues two games in a row. Russell will get his first pro start on Sunday and that pretty much tells you all you need to know about the Raiders fantasy chances. They will run with the starters for most of the game, but by the end it will be Russell and a bunch of fellow backups. The passing game is of course off limits, but Rhodes could get enough work against the defensive backups to warrant a look.
San Diego
Pos Player SBC
QB Philip Rivers B
RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1*
WR Vincent Jackson   B
WR Chris Chambers S3*
TE Antonio Gates S2*
Oakland
Pos Player SBC
QB Josh McCown B
RB Dominic Rhodes S3*
WR Ronald Curry
Jerry Porter
B
TE Zack Miller B
Asterisk (*) in SBC rating indicates player is at risk of sitting or seeing limited action.
 

Minnesota (8-7) at Denver (6-9)

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This is a tricky matchup to figure. The Vikings will know their playoff chances before kickoff, so this game could mean nothing for them. Either way, the fantasy outlook remains the same for Minnesota. The passing game should be avoided and the ground game is where the production will come from. After some mid-season improvement, the Broncos run defense is getting pounded again. Taylor and All Day should get plenty of work. Denver is stuck with a losing season and the offense has gone into the tank of late. Young and Henry have generated just 111 rushing yards in the past two games and the prospects are not good for improvement against the league's top run defense. Cutler had a terrible game Monday night and will be looking to bounce back against a suspect Vikings pass defense that may still be without their top cornerback. He'll likely need to do it without Stokley or Walker, who are not 100% and may be held out.
Minnesota
Pos Player SBC
QB Tarvaris Jackson B
RB Chester Taylor S3
RB Adrian Peterson S1
WR Bobby Wade
Robert Ferguson
Troy Williamson
B
TE Vishante Shiancoe B
Denver
Pos Player SBC
QB Jay Cutler S3
RB Travis Henry B
RB Selvin Young B
WR Javon Walker X
WR Brandon Marshall S2
WR Brandon Stokley X
TE Tony Scheffler S3
Asterisk (*) in SBC rating indicates player is at risk of sitting or seeing limited action.
 

St. Louis (3-12) at Arizona (7-8)

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The Rams limp to the finale of an injury riddled season. With HC Linehan on the hot-seat, the expectation will be for his team to finish out strong against a division opponent. Look for plenty of Jackson, who has finished out the season on a very positive note for his fantasy owners. Bulger has two post-concussion games under his belt and he should hook up with his old, reliable targets often in this matchup with a suspect Cardinals secondary. Arizona can salvage a .500 season and should be going all out for first-year HC Whisenhunt. James will likely continue his struggles behind the Cardinals offensive line, but the passing game should do its thing. Warner, Boldin and Fitzgerald are all good options as usual.
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC
QB Marc Bulger B
RB Steven Jackson S3
WR Torry Holt S2
WR Isaac Bruce B
WR Drew Bennett B
TE Randy McMichael B
Arizona
Pos Player SBC
QB Kurt Warner S2
RB Edgerrin James S3
WR Anquan Boldin S2
WR Larry Fitzgerald S2
WR Bryant Johnson B
TE Ben Patrick
Troy Bienemann
B
Asterisk (*) in SBC rating indicates player is at risk of sitting or seeing limited action.
 

Tennessee (9-6) at Indianapolis (13-2)

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The Titans win and they are in the post-season. They will be playing full-tilt and to the end. This game will likely be a tale of two halves. The first against the Indy starters, the second against their backups. Given the stout nature of Colts run defense, on balance White should do okay. The passing game for Tennessee is what it is with Young at the helm - bad. That's not going to change no matter who Indy's playing on defense. For the Colts it's simple. No matter what they say all week, most of the key starters will be watching from the sidelines by halftime. Gonzalez and Harrison may not even set foot on the field.
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC
QB Vince Young B
RB LenDale White S2
RB Chris Brown B
WR Roydell Williams B
WR Justin Gage B
TE Bo Scaife B
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC
QB Peyton Manning S2*
RB Joseph Addai S1*
WR Marvin Harrison B
WR Reggie Wayne S1*
WR Anthony Gonzalez B
TE Dallas Clark S2*
TE Bryan Fletcher U
Asterisk (*) in SBC rating indicates player is at risk of sitting or seeing limited action.

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